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2021.04.12 12:12

Emergency alert in Lithuania asks seniors to get Covid-19 jab

LRT.lt2021.04.12 12:12

Lithuania’s government issued a nationwide emergency alert on Monday morning asking people aged 65 and above to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

“We are inviting people aged 65 and above to get vaccinated against Covid-19,” the emergency alert reads.” Please look after your health and that of your close ones – vaccinates are waiting for you!”

“Please refer to your municipality which will issue all the necessary information. Let's be healthy and safe. More information: koronastop.lt/vakcinavimas,” the message reads.

The country’s emergency services and the government use text messages to provide weather alerts and other important information.

Lithuania reported thousands of unused AstraZeneca doses last week, as many aged 65 and above shunned the AZ shot over safety concerns.

Read more: Lithuania to give unused vaccines to workers in large companies

Although the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has said that blood clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect, EMA has stressed that the vaccine is safe and any risk is outweighted by the benefits.

Lithuania has continued administering the AZ shot, now called Vaxzevria, and has allowed seniors to opt for jabs produced by other manufacturers, provided they are available at the vaccination centre.

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